GHSA to host Girls Wrestling Tournament this year

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – For the first time, high school girl wrestlers compete in their own wrestling state championship for the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).

More than 140 girls are set to compete.

GHSA Director Don Corr says 98 individual boys titles and seven team state championships will be awarded. Ten individual state championships will be awarded for the girls this week.

“Girls wrestling is really growing outside of the high school association, and in many high school associations throughout the country,” says Corr.

State qualifier Amani Jones has been wrestling since she was 11 and is ready to compete.

“When I was five years old, my dad went to sign my brother up and I said I wanted to wrestle, too. When I wrestle, the main thing I use is technique because I’ve been wrestling a lot longer than some people,” says Jones.

Corr also states that this is a new beginning for women’s wrestling. He says it gives more opportunities for women to compete.

“We think this place will be packed, especially when we get to the championship day and the girls have their own mat here,” says Corr.

The female wrestlers will have a competition at each sectional tournament to determine seeding for the GHSA state tournament.